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Old 09-02-2010, 11:05 AM
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Venice Sketchbook

I just came back from a month and a half in Venice, with one side trip to Tuscany. I did over 80 small paintings and a few sketches that I will be posting over a span of time, so I hope you'll join in to see some of them.

I just loved all the gondolas on the canals. I found if I sat in one place for a while I could start on one gondola and the next one would pass by shortly after and I could add to the sketch from that one. It works well.
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:12 AM
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The buildings there are just awesome. Sometimes the views were a bit daunting, but I kept right on going. lol These were all painted with my small W&N field kit, my waterbrush, and my micron pen.
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:14 AM
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Most mornings I would head over to the Realto Market which had a big section of produce and fish for sale. It was sometimes hard to keep out of the way of the shoppers.
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:18 AM
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Re: Venice Sketchbook

In addition to wandering the streets in the heart of Venice, I took several trips to the other islands in the Venetian lagoon. The first painting below was done on the colorful island of Burano, where they make lace. The houses are all these wonderful colors! The second painting was done of a restaurant on the island of Murano, where the Murano glass making is done.

I will try to post more of the paintings tomorrow. After being gone so long I need to go out and do some grocery shopping. Ciao!
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Hi Joan,

These are great! Colorful and well composed, they make me feel like I should visit - even though I'm not much of a traveler. Nice to see this addition to the forum!
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Forgot to ask...what size are the sketches?
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Great to see you home again Joan. What a wonderful collection of paintings. I will keep coming back to see more and more. Over 80, you were a busy lady, but what a great reminder of an amazing place.
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Super sketches Joan I'm so of you spending 6 weeks in Venice.

I look forward to seeing more.

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Welcome home! I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around 80 paintings - and yes, I know they are small. :-) I can't wait to see them in person.

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Welcome home, Joan! WOW! These are incredible. They are perfectamundo, absolutely fantastic travel sketches. Every one of them is packed with life, color and detail, every one says something different about Venice and makes me wish I could go -- and could do scenes as well as you do. The light, loose pen work is so delightful and your painting is brilliant. Good strong colour and dramatic values from the W&N Field Box ... I am going to have to get mine out and have a go at some good postcard-sized landscapes.
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Ditto! I am so in awe of your dedication, what a wonderful way to capture memories! Your washes are so clean and pure - the colours are beautiful - I look forward to "seeing" Venice through your paintings!
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Welcome back. What an awesome trip you had. The paintings are so lovely. Looking forward to the rest of them, to see Venice through your paintings.
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Re: Venice Sketchbook

Welcome back Joan. What wonderful paintings! They are gorgeous full of color and light. Can't wait to see more.
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John - Thanks. It is definitely worth traveling to see Venice. These are all 4 x 6 postcard sized paintings.

Jacqui - Thank you. I averaged 2 paintings most days. It kept me very busy.

Doug - Thanks so much. Painting and sketching while traveling is such fun.

Mickey - We'll have a viewing day at your house soon. Thanks.

Robert - Thanks! I had my trusty supplies and my painter's stool (which was worth it's weight in gold). I just went for it, no matter what the weather was outside.

Jackie - Thank you. Glad you are enjoying them.

Debby - Many thanks!

Viv - Thanks so much. I felt like I was gone forever. I enjoyed it but it is good to be home.

Every time I turned around there was another scene waiting to be painted. Most of the time I left people out of the paintings, but some of the bridges had so many people walking across them that I had to include a few.
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Re: Venice Sketchbook

I had a pass for the vaporettos that went around Venice and to the other islands in the lagoon. I spent many afternoons on Lido which is one of the barrier islands for the Venetian canal. These are sketches done at or near the beach of the kit vendor, the drink/snack cart on the beach, and a food vendor just outside the beach entrance. Lido is where the Venice Film Festival is being held this month.

I'll be back soon with more.
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